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Frontignan - a seaside wine town

The town of Frontignan, which is found near the Mediterranean Sea in the Hérault department of Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France, does double duty as a seaside resort and wine town. Frontignan has a worldwide reputation for its superb Muscat aperitif wines, and the vineyards that produce these are evident all around the town's outskirts.

Scenic landscape with garrigue and the Rhone-Sète Canal

Another feature of the inland landscape here is the "garrigue", the wild, Mediterranean scrubland that is redolent with wild lavender and other herbs. The inland part of the town lies in a scenic position beside the Rhone-Sète Canal, which runs between the inland main town and the seaside area. Here the canal boats moor up whilst waiting for the road bridge to open so that they can pass through, which happens twice daily. Frontignan is a lively place in the summer, made all the more colourful by the canal, which carries a number of leisure craft.

About town

Frontignan is split into two sectors, the main town and the seaside resort, the latter being known as Frontignan Plage. The Etang de Thau, an inland salt lake which is a haven for wildlife and a rich source of shellfish, is found to the west of Frontignan, while the Mediterranean Sea and the beach of Frontignan Plage lie to the south.

Amenities on offer and places to visit

Frontignan has plenty of shops, services, bars and restaurants, so anyone making a base in the town will lack for nothing. Sights to take in around the town include the charming old town centre, complete with the remains of a 14th century fortress, the 12th century Church of St Paul, the Penitent's Chapel, two chateaux and the Maison Poulation, dating from the early 20th century. Also worth seeing is the La Peyrade Bridge.

Enjoy the Blue Flag beaches of Frontignan Plage

Down at the seaside, in Frontignan Plage, the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea await you, as does the fascinating Etang de Thau. In Frontignan Plage you will find good beaches, clean seas and spotless sand and pebble beaches that have consistently earned the accolade of the Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety. Summers are fun here, with good facilities for holiday makers, while winter is calmer but brings its own pleasures as the tourists return home and the natural beauty of the area shines through.

Out and about

There is plenty to see and do both in and near Frontignan. The canal is home to fun and games at certain times of year, with traditional water jousting tournaments being among the most colourful! The museum is another interesting feature of the town, with a fascinating history of wine to discover as well as exhibitions of local art, information about the history and ecology of the region and more. Wine tasting and tours are available locally, this being a great way to appreciate the Languedoc's favourite product!

Explore the Camargue and mediaeval Aigues Mortes

Getting out and about from a base in Frontignan offers many exciting possibilities. Set on the edge of the unique region known as the Camargue, you can see the beautiful white horses running free, or being used in amazing displays of horsemanship to round up wild bulls and drive them through the streets. Visit the mediaeval walled town of Aigues Mortes, or travel inland to the wild and beautiful countryside ripe with history and tales of the Cathar knights. Sports fans will find almost any activity they can dream up available near Frontignan, with golf, horse-riding, scuba diving, rock climbing and sailing to name but a few.

How to get there

Air travellers have a good choice of airports to head for, with the nearest being Montpellier and Béziers, both of which are served by Ryanair. Montpellier is also served by EasyJet. Nîmes, Carcassonne and Avignon are also possible airports to use. Train travel can get you to Frontignan itself with a change at Montpellier. Drivers will find Frontignan on the D129, easily found from the A9 auto route.

Property prices and availability in and around Frontignan

Coastal areas in the south of France have a reputation for being expensive when it comes to buying property, as Mediterranean property carries a certain cachet and is always desirable. However, this doesn't mean that you can't find affordable property around Frontignan. You just need to try a bit harder! Even moving away from the bottom price range, property is not ridiculously priced here at all considering the benefits of the area. There are quality properties on the market for not much over 200, 000 Euros at the time of writing.

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Frontignan AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Frontignan?

Frontignan is located in the south of France. It lies in the east of the Hérault department.

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Languedoc-Roussillon Guide

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Population: 22,144

Access: By air: Fly to Montpellier, Nîmes or Béziers. By road: The town lies on the D129, which is easily found from the A9 motorway. By rail: The TGV runs to Montpellier from Paris. There is a smaller station at Frontignan, carrying local services.

Economy: The economy is concerned mainly with wine, fishing and tourism, although high tech plastics industries are also significant.

Interesting fact: Frontignan is world famous for its Muscat aperitif wines.

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